The CGE bargaining team is extremely happy to announce that we reached tenative agreement with the OSU administration today on a complete contract. Full agreement is contingent on ratification of the new contract by the CGE membership, which will take place in the coming weeks. This agreement came during the last session before the teams could have chosen to enter into mediation, and we see it as a major victory. Details of the agreement, which calls for a four year contract with a reopener of up to 6 articles after 2 years, are below.
- The university will increase its contribution to grad employee-only health care from 75% to 85% during the 9-month academic year. In addition, the university will contribute 50% towards grad employee-only coverage during the summer for any grad who was employed for at least one term during the preceding academic year and is enrolled (though not necessarily employed) for the following fall term. Summer insurance will be through the same Pacific Source plan we have during the 9-month academic year, but it will be optional.
- Additionally, though it was not achieved through negotiations and thus is not part of the new agreement, the university has increased the annual cap for health insurance to $250 thousand and the lifetime cap to $1 million. This is important for a few grads who, unfortunately, are approaching (or have already reached) the old caps of $100 thousand and $250 thousand.
- The university will increase the once-per-term differential payment from $250 to $300.
- Any grad appointed at a 1.0 FTE salary rate of less than $3164 will receive a 3% raise annually upon reappointment.
- We got fair-share! This is what we were holding out for. Getting this is a monumental win for the union.
- The administration agreed to language that would encourage departments to give appointments and work assignments in a timely manner. An approximation of the student fees a grad employee will have to pay, based on the previous year’s fees, will now have to be included with letters of appointment so grads are no longer blindsided by fees when they get to OSU.
- All grad employees are contractually guaranteed work space and all of the equipment necessary to perform their jobs.
- The union will have expanded rights, including more and better information from the university, university email access, and an expanded ability to orient incoming students to the union.
- More stuff, which you’ll find out about as the ratification process begins.
Like I said before, we see this contract as a major victory for grad employees and for the union. Not only is this the best economic contract we’ve ever had, but winning fair-share is huge because it ensures the union’s future financial solvency, which in turn will allow us to make even bigger strides in future negotiations.
Thanks to all of you who supported us through this long and grueling process. Without your backing at negotiations and your participation in actions, letter writing, etc., we could not have achieved what we have achieved in this contract.